The Hudson Logistics Center is being proposed at what is currently the Green Meadow Golf Club. It will consist of three high-tech distribution facilities, totaling approximately 2.6 million square feet of space for use. The buildings will be accessed by one public and one private roadway.
In 2018, the Hudson Economic Development Assessment prepared by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission noted Green Meadow Golf Club, “offer[s] perhaps the greatest opportunity for both commercial and industrial development in Hudson…”
Hudson, and specifically the Green Meadow Golf Club, is located near major highways, granting easy access to Nashua, Manchester, Boston and beyond.
Hillwood has proposed the Hudson Logistics Center. Since its inception in the late 1980s, Hillwood has made positive impacts on the communities it serves by incorporating meaningful jobs, tax base and public infrastructure in its numerous large-scale distribution and logistics centers. www.hillwood.com
Hillwood has proposed the Hudson Logistics Center and has plans to lease two of the three proposed buildings to Amazon.
Logistics Centers are hubs that play a vital role in America’s supply chain. Logistics Centers include buildings designed to efficiently store and distribute products around the region, and ultimately to homes and businesses.
While the operations of a logistics center include automation, people are essential to run the systems and assist with storing, sorting, and distribution. The Hudson Logistics Center will include what is known to the industry as best-in-class buildings.
Hudson Logistics Center must be reviewed by the Hudson Planning Board and the Hudson Conservation Commission. Hillwood is scheduled to present its Hudson Logistics Center application and proposal to the Hudson Planning Board in May. The proposal will be independently reviewed by third party peer review engineering consultants selected by the Town to provide an independent evaluation by experts who will assist the Planning Board in its review on behalf of the Town.
At the State level, the Hudson Logistics Center will be reviewed by New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), and at the Federal level, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE).
Upon securing the appropriate permits, Hillwood’s goal is to begin construction in Fall of 2020, with the goal of opening the Hudson Logistics Center in Fall of 2021.
The Hudson Logistics Center is expected to generate more than $5 million each year in new property tax revenue for the town. But even before the distribution center begins operations, Hudson and its residents will see impactful economic benefits during a 12-month construction period, which is anticipated to generate 833 construction jobs.
Once fully operational, the Hudson Logistics Center will be the town’s largest employer by nearly three times, creating 1,400 direct, 420 indirect and 574 induced jobs.
Direct Jobs are the ones created by the development or construction companies.
Indirect Jobs are the jobs created by the suppliers of materials used during construction or operation of the development.
Induced Jobs are the jobs created by direct and indirect employees spending money in the community.
Hillwood and its traffic engineering professionals continue to work with the NH DOT, as well as the Town and its peer review traffic engineers, to ensure that traffic will be appropriately managed. We are confident we can present a solution that will improve the existing traffic issues. Hillwood is in discussions with the town to optimize the signal timing at four intersections and to turn the Mercury Systems driveway into a new public roadway to handle the increased traffic. Hillwood is also discussing with the town ways increase the number of turning lanes onto and off of Sagamore Bridge Road.
The development will be reviewed thoroughly by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, including its Air Resources Division. HLC will meet or exceed all applicable state and federal air quality standards.
Approximately 150 to 200 tractor trailers and 35 to 50 box trucks, commonly used by many companies to make deliveries, will travel to and from the Logistics Center each day. The vast majority of the trucks entering and exiting the Hudson Logistics Center will come directly from the Everett Turnpike on Sagamore Bridge Road – two simple turns in both directions.
The vast majority of the trucks entering and exiting the Hudson Logistics Center will come directly from the Everett Turnpike on Sagamore Bridge Road – two simple turns in both directions.
The Hudson Logistics Center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each facility will have one day and one night shift, with staggered start and end times to help ease traffic. It’s vital for logistics centers to be open day and night to ensure companies and residents can receive items they order in a timely and efficient manner.
Hillwood has developed plans to minimize the impacts of potential noise and light for neighbors on Fairway Drive and Eagle Drive. This includes creating a 200-foot buffer with significant screening, trees, bushes, and other landscaping and buffering features.
In 2018, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission identified the golf course as a targeted area for economic development, noting it offers the greatest opportunity for commercial and industrial development in Hudson. The town has evolved into one of the region’s major employment centers over the past few decades and developing additional areas will lead to more jobs with good wages, lifting the whole community.
The town’s most recent Master Plan acknowledged the importance of promoting and developing a diverse economic base, including industrial businesses, to help prevent economic downturns affecting certain economic sectors from having a disproportionate impact on the town’s overall health, to maintain and improve the town’s tax base, and to increase employment.
Unlike prior proposals at this property, there will not be any residential or retail units. Of all the competing potential uses of this property allowed under current zoning regulations, the Hudson Logistics Center will have minimal impacts to town services but with significantly increased tax revenues and other benefits to Hudson.
Following approvals from the town, its Conservation Commission and Planning Board, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, and after securing the appropriate permits, Hillwood anticipates beginning construction in the fall of 2020.
Construction will take approximately 12 months and Hillwood hopes to open the Hudson Logistics Center in the fall of 2021.
Once Hillwood announces the companies that will lease space at the Hudson Logistics Center, those companies will share information about the type of jobs available and when they will look to hire.